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Bordering the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, Hersonissos isn't your typical Cretan resort. The island of Crete has long been a popular hotspot for Brits in search of their own piece of summer sun and Hersonissos is one of the resorts that they flock to. While it has an abundance of modern amenities, nightlife spots and Greek seaside charm, it's also awash with history that takes you back through Classical Greece and the Byzantine eras; the area around Hersonissos is particularly reflective of its vibrant, ancient past.
Accessible within 90 minutes from Hersonissos, Rethymnon would be an ideal day trip for anyone with an interest in history, heritage, architecture and archaeology. The old Venetian fortress here has been incredibly well-preserved, and it's still home to minarets and mosques that are truly beautiful. The streets are lined with pretty shops and tavernas too, where you can delight in some delicious fare including the Cretan meze sharing platters.
If you're a lover of the outdoors - and can handle the midday heat - a hike through the Samaria Gorge would certainly be one way of getting closer to nature. Don't forget your sunhat or sun lotion, as you embark on an 18km trek that takes up to six hours to complete. From the deep ravines to the dazzling 'Iron Gates', this hike is definitely not for the fainthearted, but is totally worth the effort if your stamina is up to the job!
Once upon a time, this leper colony was certainly not somewhere you would call a tourist attraction. However, Spinalonga Island is now full to the brim with interesting sights, including the old hospital and graveyard, and a huge Venetian Fortress.
Revel in the Hersonissos Nightlife
While it may not be quite as well-known as its neighbour Malia, Hersonissos certainly has a lot going for it when it comes to the nightlife. As one of the best resorts on the island for late night revellers, you'll be in your element if you want to party hard until the early hours of the morning. A wide range of pubs, clubs and bars can be found on the waterfront, with amazing DJs blasting out the latest beats for all to hear.
Shop in the Heraklion Market
The Cretan capital of Heraklion is within easy reach of Hersonissos and would provide you with a perfect alternative to the beach break you've been embracing. Head to the city for a full, or half, day and wander in and out of the various souvenir shops and upmarket boutiques that line its cobbled streets. Make sure that you take some time to browse the weekly market too ' selling everything from cheese to handicrafts, where the stalls are piled high with local produce that will tantalise your senses.
Relax on Star Beach
It's easy to see why - despite Hersonissos being home to a trio of beaches - Star Beach consistently comes out on top when it comes to popularity. This stretch of golden sand appeals to holidaymakers in many ways but there's also bungee rockets, watersports, go karts and a waterpark on offer too. It's perfect for people who just can't sit still!
This north coast resort isn't for the fainthearted. It's not for the quiet types, either. What Hersonissos does well is fun, vivacity and energy. If you want to live life to the full, this resort would be a perfect spot for you, while still providing plenty of attractions in and around the area that will appeal to those looking for a little culture, too.
Head east from Hersonissos and you will land on what is arguably the most raucous resort on the island. While the Inbetweeners lads may have made it their mission to conquer Malia in the hit movie, its popularity as a party animal's mecca has been renowned for many, many years and is showing no sign of slowing down!
Take a look at the awesome Hersonissos holidays from Direct Holidays and you can be topping up your tan by day and dancing at the disco by night, in no time!